Monday, April 16, 2018

Matchbook Monday

Welcome to Matchbook Monday.  There are some true gems of Jackson's past posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section.  Enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks they might have to

First up is a Holy Grail of local matchbooks. Old-timers will remember what was a Jackson landmark for decades- The Green Derby. Wheelers & dealers once dined at the corner of Highway 80 and Ellis Avenue. 

Here is a picture of the sign that once stood proud in front of the restaurant.   Credit goes to Sagecrest Farm.

Next up is a true Holy Grail of local matchbooks.  JJ managed to snag a matchbook from the Gold Coast.   Notice the address of Acme Seafood- East Jackson.  The area across the Pearl River where Casey's Lane and Old Highway 49 meet Old Brandon Road was considered to be East Jackson at the time although it was never formally annexed by the city.   A Google search of this Gold Coast bar yielded no results.

Then there is the other river, as in the Mississippi River.  Many a Jacksonian took a trip to Vicksburg and savored the food at Tuminello's. 


Anonymous said...

I remember our family eating at The Green Derby on Ellis Avenue and Tuminello's many times. Driving to Vicksburg at night just for dinner was a big deal for us kids, and our mother made us dress up like Sunday school.

Does anyone remember the man who sold hot homemade tamales from a handcart somewhere in downtown Jackson east of State Street not far from the RR tracks? It was an occasional treat to ride with Daddy in the green Rambler station wagon to go get tamales. I think they were Delta tamales rather than true Mexican tamales, but either way, they were always fresh, warm and delicious.

Anonymous said...

I ate at Tuminello's years ago. All I remember is that they had ice in the urinal. This is a great way to maintain some semblance of order in the men's room when the water is out at your office.

Your helpful hardware man.

Anonymous said...

ACME SEAFOOD COMPANY was advertising in the Clarion Ledger in January 1946. (January 31, 1946 page 11):


Louis LeFleur said...

The Green Derby was not a place a north Jackson family, which almost never went out anyway, went to eat... but then that would apply to anything south of downtown back then. At lunch there a handful of times in the late 70's to early 80's, but can't honestly say I remember anything except it was pretty good and it as also good to mark it off the list before it was gone. Very nice experiences (2?) at Tuminello's around the same time, maybe even a little later. Assume it was a casualty of the casinos in the early 90's but don't know, ditto for Vicksburg's old Glass Kitchen.

Wish I could say something about Acme, but never heard of it till this post. We didn't go to "that" part of town... except maybe when I was with a friend and his dad needed to get a bottle. :)

Anonymous said...

My father owned a business and worked six days a week. Sundays were always special because he closed the business on Sundays. In the 1960s when I was a child, we went to Sunday School and church service, then would eat lunch “out,” usually at Dennery’s, Primos, or the Green Derby. The food was really good at the Green Derby and if I remember correctly, they had hot homemade rolls.

Anonymous said...

2:38: There was no "north Jackson" back then. Everyone of merit and means lived in south Jackson. Things have changed since then which is what this thread is all about. Stop lying and putting on airs.

Louis LeFleur said...

4/16 @ 5:16, "everyone of merit and means lived in south Jackson" back then? I'll mention that to the people I grew up with, whose dads were all doctors, lawyers, engineers, college professors, etc. I didn't know there was anything in Jackson south of Hwy 80 till I was in college. I learned better, that that's pretty much what anyone who grew up north of Woodrow Wilson Blvd. thought back then.

Anonymous said...

Never ate at the Green Derby but remember the sign. Wasn't it at the corner of 80 and Robinson? Saw it when we used to go to Metrocenter when I was a kid in the 80's. Haven't driven in through that area in years.

Louis LeFleur said...

4/17 @ 2:15, it was Hwy 80 & Ellis, not Robinson. That's actually the corner where MetroCenter is, and there never were any restaurants (that I recall) on any of the other three corners of that intersection. Back then there were still several restaurants on Hwy 80.

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